Status Offenders


Status offenses include running away, incorrigibility, truancy or drinking underage. Many youth are arrested and enter court each year for status offenses.



Status offenders are often at high risk for deeper involvement in the juvenile or criminal justice system and research shows that many have been abused or neglected. Often family conflict is at the root of the case.


Help for Attorneys:

Attorneys who represent status offenders will find resources and guidance here. This information was developed as part of a project supported by an anonymous donor.

Who are Status Offenders?